The latest selection of the photo collection is published under the title 40 years—4000 images, with famous Hungarian writers, directors, and photographers among the donors.
Whether you’re a history buff or a photography enthusiast, the Hungarian Fortepan archive is a must-see. Since they manage an unfathomable amount of photos, occasionally a special selection is made available to those who want to browse through the pictures of life in the past without any particular purpose.
With their latest selection, 40 years—4000 images, they have focused on the period of the socialist years. Among the authors are Katalin Gárdos, photographer of the Pest Megyei Hírlap, freelance photojournalists András Glósz and Béla Kanyó, writer Rudolf Ungváry, film director Péter Gothár, amateur photographer Imre Leskó from Tokaj-Hegyalja and technical photographers from the Public Building Construction Company. In addition to the larger, authorial series, several smaller bequests are also presented: László Bolvári’s photographs of the postal vehicle depot, photographs of Mohács and Óbuda by István Dorics, street photographs of historic buildings by Edit Vozárik, and graffiti photographs by Gerci Ján from August 1968 in Érsekújvár.
The 130 most important images selected by the editors are available here, while you can browse the entire collection here. Although the photos are not that old, there are still many unidentified locations, so the editors of Fortepan ask viewers who have recognized details to report their clues here.
Cover Photo: Fortepan / András Glósz